It was all a dream. Now, just three days before the late Notorious B.I.G.’s birthday, that dream is being realized as Faith Evans releases her long-awaited Biggie duets project, The King & I.
Packed with 25 songs about their storied romance, the heartfelt project arrives with appearances by Lil’ Kim, Lil’ Cease, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch, among others.
The album has been a labor of love for Faith. “I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” she said. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for [his children] Tyanna and Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold and extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had and the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”
In March, Evans spoke with Rap-Up about the collaborative LP and why she feels Biggie would be happy with the results. “Towards the end of the album, I was listening to the [music] and watching how other people were reacting to my creation, our creation, and I just started crying,” she said. “I felt like he tapped me on my shoulder and told me he was proud of me.”
Stream The King & I below.